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EPA Proposes Asbestos Reporting Rule

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to require more comprehensive reporting on asbestos as the Agency continues to protect the public from exposure.


EPA Awards Over $250M in Brownfields Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including four grants totaling $1.6 million across Puerto ...


EPA Proposes to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States.


EPA to Oversee Paint Cleanup at Superfund

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last month that it had reached an agreement with Honeywell International, Inc. and the City of South Bend to oversee the cleanup of po...


EPA Releases Draft Scope for Asbestos Risks

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency requested public input in an emailed press release on its draft scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbesto...


AU Street Closed After Asbestos Mishap

Earlier this month, a variety of homes and vehicles were placed on lockdown in a suburban Sydney community after two private cleaning contractors sent asbestos particles flying from a home’s...


$105M Astrodome Renovation Put on Pause

Houston’s Astrodome will hit pause this spring on its $105 million renovation to make way for the rodeo.


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


WI Shipyard Faces Fines After Burn Incident

A Wisconsin shipyard that made headlines last year after exposing workers to lead and other hazards has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over another case, in w...


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


Asbestos Complicates Oroville Dam Cleanup

Naturally occurring asbestos has been found in the air and in rock formations near the damaged Oroville Dam main spillway.


Lead Elevated in Most of Shipyard’s Workers

Nearly three-quarters of the workers on a ship refurbishing job in Wisconsin last year had elevated blood lead levels, according to findings released by Wisconsin and Minnesota health offici...


Shipyard Settles with OSHA for $700K

After facing a proposed $1.4 million in federal worker-safety fines related to lead exposure, Wisconsin-based Fraser Shipyards has settled with authorities for $700,000 in penalties, along w...


City to Demolish Cliffside Building

In limbo for a year, the fate of a California coastal apartment building has been determined.


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

According to a newly announced government plan, asbestos, still used on some level in industries including construction and shipbuilding, will be banned completely in Canada by 2018.


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

Government officials in Canada say they are committed to eliminating asbestos in the country by 2018.


Court: Firms Liable for Take-Home Asbestos

A decision handed down by the California Supreme Court has established that companies are liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


Sydney Bridge Asbestos Stokes Concerns

Workers on a well-known bridge in Sydney unexpectedly found asbestos under concrete slabs earlier this year, and some government officials are questioning why they didn’t find out for nearly...


Hazards Cited at Nursing Home Project

A Wisconsin renovation company is facing over $240,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to carbon monoxide and asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

Asbestos from badly deteriorating structures in a small New York town have prompted federal action.


Contractor Faces Criminal Probe

Federal workplace safety officials say criminal charges may be brought against an Illinois construction company accused of exposing immigrant employees to asbestos, without proper safety gea...


DOL Cites US Steel for Asbestos Violations

U.S. Steel Corporation is facing up to $170,000 in fines under U.S. Department of Labor’s workplace health and safety agency allegations it has repeatedly exposed workers to asbestos.


Asbestos Remains in Shipbuilders' Lungs

A new study of shipyard workers in Italy indicates that years and even decades later, those who have worked around asbestos can suffer health consequences, including mesothelioma and lung ca...


Fraser Shipyard Faces $1.4M in OSHA Fines

The Wisconsin shipyard accused of exposing workers to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter on site has been cited for 39 violations and is facing nearly $1.4 million in fines ...


Historic Renovation Leads to Charges

A Washington, DC, renovator faces decades in prison for his involvement in a scheme to improperly remove asbestos from a historic building, authorities have announced.


Asbestos Violations Spur EPA, OSHA Bills

Federal authorities are cracking down on asbestos hazards at commercial and multi-residential building projects.


Asbestos Pipe Work Leads to Guilty Plea

The improper removal and disposal of asbestos during pipeline work led a 60-year-old Kennard, TX, man to admit guilt for federal environmental violations, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announc...


EPA Issues Guide to School Renovations

The federal government has released a new guide on school building renovations, as the projects often involve cleanup of harmful materials, such as asbestos and lead.


Asbestos Case Results in Jail, Fine

An Ontario-based contractor must spend 30 days in jail and pay a $45,000 fine after failing to comply with proper asbestos-removal procedures.


Renovators Fined for Asbestos Hazards

Three Texas commercial real estate renovation companies are facing over $110,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


OSHA Cites Roofers for Asbestos

Federal workplace safety authorities have cited two Chicago area contractors for exposing workers to dangerous asbestos hazards.


Strict Liability Asbestos Case on Appeal

A California appeals court will soon determine whether to uphold a lower court’s decision that a subcontractor cannot be held strictly liable for installing asbestos-containing material on a...


Jury Awards Dying Painter $17M

A former commercial painter who was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos has received a $17 million award from a Miami jury.


Asbestos Violations Spur $2M in Fines

Two closely related Illinois construction companies and a manager are facing dozens of willful and serious safety and health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during a ...


Exposing Kids to Asbestos Ends in Prison

FRESNO, CA—A former executive of a now-defunct nonprofit construction training company will serve nearly two years behind bars after exposing dozens of California high school students to asb...


BYU Brings Down Iconic Building

PROVO, UT--Brigham Young University has said goodbye to a campus landmark in memorable fashion.


Abatement Company, Owner Indicted

BOSTON, MA—An asbestos abatement company and its owner have been charged with paying employees off the books in order to defraud a union and dodge taxes, according to federal authorities.


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


Asbestos Job Draws $490K OSHA Fine

HARRISBURG, PA—An environmental-services contractor is facing $490,000 in federal fines in a case alleging egregious asbestos hazards.


Building Asbestos Sparks Move by 1,000

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Asbestos, a legacy of decades of Navy shipbuilding, has been discovered in a building ventilation system at Newport News Shipbuilding, prompting the company to relocate abou...


Asbestos Relocates 1,000 at Shipyard

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—The discovery of asbestos in the ventilation system of an engineering and design building has prompted Newport News Shipbuilding to move out about 1,000 workers, a company s...


RPM Sees $57M Loss in Q3

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Stonhard and other leading paint and coating brands has reported an eight-figure net loss for the third quarter, due to an $83.5 million one-time net charge...


Industrial Boom Helps Ease RPM Bust

Strong sales were swamped by currency challenges and an $83.5 million asbestos charge to hand RPM International Inc. a loss for the third quarter.


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

Three people have pleaded guilty to their roles in what may have been the largest asbestos release in Michigan since record-keeping began, investigators announced.


RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


Consumer Declines Ding RPM's Q2

Slumping sales, legal bills, Eurozone instability, and a disappointing acquisition drove Rust-Oleum parent RPM International on Wednesday (Jan. 7) to shave its earnings guidance for fiscal y...


OSHA Cites 6 Firms for Asbestos

Six Chicago-area contractors face a total of $132,040 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to asbestos, lead and electrical hazards while renovating a school in Evanston.


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


RPM to Close $800M Book on Asbestos

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Carboline and other leading coating brands will again be whole—and far more profitable—under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved this week.


Bogus Asbestos Trainer Pleads Guilty

A former employee of an asbestos-removal training firm has pleaded guilty to falsely issuing asbestos-abatement certificates on the side to more than 100 people in exchange for cash.


Asbestos Cover-up Alleged in MI Schools

A federal lawsuit against a Michigan school district accuses the administration of covering up asbestos exposure at an elementary and high school in the Detroit area.


Prison for Asbestos Tycoon Overturned

Igniting a public furor, Italy's Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction and prison sentence of a Swiss billionaire whose factories had been linked to the deaths of about 3,000 people.


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

Forty percent of 1,748 building sites failed health and safety checks in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


4 in 10 Work Sites Fail Safety Checks

Fall hazards and other bad practices endangered workers at hundreds of building sites in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


Asbestos Violations Spur $379K in Fines

Two Washington renovation companies are facing 19 willful and serious safety health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during an apartment demolition project.


EPA Guide Aims to Clear School Air

New federal guidance shows how to prevent adverse health effects from energy retrofits and building upgrades in schools.


U.S. Plans New Look at Worker Exposures

Unable to keep up with the risks posed by tens of thousands of chemicals now in use in the workplace, U.S. regulators are casting about for a new approach.


Myths, Mistakes Raise Asbestos Toll

Neither drinking a glass of water nor opening a window will protect a worker from asbestos.


OSHA Launches Sweeping PEL Review

How can the U.S. ensure worker health and safety amid thousands of hazardous chemicals now in use in the workplace—without creating thousands of new rules?


Repeat Asbestos Case Draws $81K Fine

A host of repeat and serious asbestos allegations have a major Colorado commercial roofing contractor facing $81,000 in new federal fines.


Worker Action Ends in OSHA Citations

A federal health and safety inspection spawned by worker protests at New Orleans' largest housing redevelopment project has resulted in citations against four contractors.


5th Man Sentenced in NY Asbestos Case

A supervisor for an asbestos abatement contractor is the latest defendant sentenced for his role in mishandling a major removal project at six public-housing buildings in Buffalo, NY.


TX Tosses $12.3M Asbestos Award

The Texas Supreme Court has thrown out a $12.3 million jury verdict awarded to the family of a 40-year-old mesothelioma victim who had used an asbestos-containing joint compound as a teenage...


Builder Jailed for Fatally Flawed Roof

A UK developer will serve a year in prison for supplying used asbestos roofing materials that collapsed, dropping a worker to his death.


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


Contractor Jailed for Beach Asbestos

The owner of a South Carolina renovation company will spend six months in prison for contaminating a beach and oceanfront properties with asbestos-laden materials, authorities say.


Locking In a New Life for Old Prison

If you have a plan for redeveloping a gigantic, century-old, asbestos- and lead-laden, security-sensitive, historic prison—but not as a prison, or casino, or chemical plant—the U.S. Navy is ...


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


Tracing the Artful Roots of Asbestos

California researchers say they have discovered one of the earliest uses of asbestos—12th-century wall-painting finish coatings.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


‘Mysterious’ Developer Fined $2.3M

Abandoned a generation earlier, the 80 crumbling brick buildings of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital needed to be cleaned up—and fast—for potential investors.


Worker’s Kin Gets $7M+ Asbestos Award

The family of a former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard worker has been awarded $7.25 million in his death after years of workplace exposure to asbestos.


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace & Co. has paid $63 million to resolve 10-year-old claims for environmental cleanups at nearly 40 sites in 21 states, according to ...


New Units Take on Toxic Dust, Chips

Contractors working with lead, asbestos and other toxic dusts have two new removal and clean-up options from Dust Collection Products of San Diego, CA.


Dust Collectors Claim 95% Efficiency

Two new dust-muzzling products are now available from San Diego, CA-based Dust Collection Products.


Insulation Contractor Admits $1M Fraud

A convicted felon who ran four contracting companies in Connecticut may be headed back to federal prison after pleading guilty in a million-dollar fraud scheme.


EPA Fines DOE over Nuke Site Asbestos

The Department of Energy is facing a $115,000 fine for its contractor's alleged mishandling of asbestos debris at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site.


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Workers Win $190M in Asbestos Case

A New York jury has ordered two companies to hand over $190 million to five workers, including a painter and construction worker, who contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos ...


RPM Unit May See $1B+ Asbestos Tab

Bondex International Inc., a bankrupt division of RPM International Inc., may owe current and future asbestos product victims nearly $1.17 billion, a judge has ruled in rejecting RPM’s “nove...


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


Bids Sought for Tower Restoration

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is seeking contractors to preserve and restore a historic air traffic control tower at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA...


Asbestos at 25 AZ Schools Spurs Fines

Six Arizona school districts face fines totaling $94,575 for violating federal asbestos rules at 25 schools, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


OSHA Bills $83K for Asbestos Hazards

A New York asbestos remediation company faces $83,300 in federal fines for nine health and safety violations discovered during an asbestos removal project at a construction site in Albany, N...


 
 
   

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